Summer Fairs, Festivals & Travel Destinations
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy … so why not get out there and make the most of these long days by checking out the following fairs, festivals and attractions located all across co-op land!
The Town of Bowling Green in Caroline County invites you to Bowling on the Green, June 9 from 1-6 p.m. This family-friendly event features tastings from the best wineries in the region, including Horton Vineyards, Mattaponi Winery, Castle Glen Farms, Caret Cellar and Sassafras Shade. Three Notch’d brewing will offer cold microbrews, with delicious fare by The Bavarian Chef and live music by the Fredericksburg Big Band. Go to www.bowlingonthegreen.com for details.
It’s time to grab those cowboy boots and Stetson hat and set out to see modern-day cowboys and cowgirls in action! The Augusta Expo Center will host the 3rd Annual IPRA Rodeo, June 15-16 from 8-11 p.m. Dust will be flying as you watch competitors make their way through eight exciting events.
From June 20-23, the all-volunteer Caroline County Agricultural Fair is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. While it has not been a continuous annual event since 1918, this local tradition has provided a century worth of memories. Attendees will enjoy anniversary games, special home goods contests, live entertainment and other commemorative events, listed on www.carolinefair.com.
On July 4, celebrate the birth of our nation colonial-style at the Port Royal Annual Independence Day Celebration, held along the shores of the Rappahannock River. Listen to a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, take a surrey carriage ride, try your step at 18th-century dancing or watch demonstrations of early trades and skills. Both parking and admission are free; visit the Facebook event page or www.Virginia.org for more details.
As summer heats up, head to Clarksville from July 19-21 for the 41st Annual Virginia Lake Festival. Voted by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the “Top 20 Festivals In The Southeast,” LakeFest (as it is known locally) attracted more than 60,000 visitors in 2017 to enjoy live entertainment, including music and dancing, great local and ethnic food, and the traditional “Gathering Of The Boats” and fireworks show. Admission is free, and there’s also a juried craft show, hot-air balloons and children’s rides. For details, visit www.clarksvilleva.com or LakeFest’s Facebook event page.
Escape to the mountains and enjoy great music under the stars! The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in Orkney Springs has been bringing great music to the Valley for more than 50 years. This summer’s lineup runs from July 20-Sept. 2 and includes such diverse acts as the Temptations, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kenny G and the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra! Visit www.musicfest.org for package deals on tickets, lodging and meals, including the Music Lovers’ Weekend Getaway.
From July 20-22, the 31st Annual Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival serves as the opening act for a week of festivities that includes the world-famous pony-swim, non-stop live music and the largest fine arts and crafts event on the Eastern Shore. Visit www.Chincoteague BlueberryFestival.com and sign up for updates to receive a free E-Book of recipes featuring this tasty, healthful fruit, and be sure to check out the festival’s Facebook page.
Hosted by the Prince William Veterans Farm Club, the Prince William County Fair on Dumfries Road in Manassas from Aug. 10-18 will again feature “Fun4U” competitions and low-cost admission on several days. From a demolition derby to power wheels, cute baby and pet contests, there’s everything you’d expect at one of Virginia’s largest county fairs. Visit www.pwcfair.com or the fair’s Facebook page for updates.
As summer winds to a close, head to the mountains for the Highland County Fair on Aug. 25 and Aug. 29-Sept. 1. You’ll be able to enjoy live bluegrass music, watch tractor and lawnmower pulls, participate in archery and cornhole contests, see the Little Switzerland Cloggers and more! Visit www.highlandcountyfairva.com or the fair’s Facebook page for more information.
From Sept. 21-23, Goochland County’s Field Day of the Past will offer a host of activities, events and demonstrations for the entire family. Heritage events, truck, tractor and lawnmower pulls, historic buildings, arts and crafts, equine events, music and more. Visit www.fielddayofthepast.net or call 804-741-8468 to learn more.
Fans of old farm equipment will want to swing by the Keystone Truck & Tractor Museum, located just off I-95 in Colonial Heights. Work up an appetite touring their wide array of fully restored antique farm tractors and ongoing restoration projects, enjoy a meal at Sibley’s BBQ, then get a head start on holiday shopping at the gift store, with its wide selection of toy tractors. This unique museum is open every day of the week, including Sundays until 5 p.m